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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 28, 2010

MLB: Giambi, Rockies finalize $1.75 million, 1-yr deal

Associated Press

DENVER The Colorado Rockies have finalized a $1.75 million, one-year contract to bring Jason Giambi back to Denver to back up Todd Helton at first base.

Colorado also agreed Thursday to minor league contracts with left-hander Jimmy Gobble and right-hander Justin Speier.

Giambi hit .292 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 19 games for the Rockies last September. He had two game-winning hits and helped Colorado win the NL wild-card.

The 39-year-old is a 15-year major league veteran originally drafted by Oakland in 1992. He was voted AL MVP in 2000 while with the Athletics, then signed a $120 million, seven-year contract with the New York Yankees.

He returned to Oakland last season, getting a $5.25 million, one-year deal. The Athletics released him on Aug. 7 and he signed with the Rockies 2 weeks later.